Big Third Quarter Pushes Warriors Past Cougars

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – Junior Amanda Brug (Sturtevant, Wis.) scored a career-high 17 points and recorded a double-double as the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's basketball team used a 20-5 third quarter to down Concordia Chicago 52-40 Tuesday night inside Geiseman Gymnasium.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 52, Concordia Chicago 40
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (4-3, 2-1 NACC), Concordia Chicago (1-5, 1-3 NACC)
  • Location: Geiseman Gymnasium, River Forest, Ill.

  • The Warriors tied the game at 4-4 early in the opening quarter, as Brug and sophomore Jenna Mace (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) scored a pair of layups. The Cougars found momentum quickly after, closing the first quarter on a 9-0 run to rush out to a 13-4 lead.
  • Senior Kelly Tramburg (Fall River, Wis.) ended CUC's run with a three-pointer to close the gap to six early in the second quarter. Brug converted a three-point play and Mace made a pair of free throws to cut the Concordia Chicago lead down to 15-12.
  • Down by six with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, a layup by Brug and a midrange jumper from Tramburg brought the Warriors back within two, 21-19, heading into the break.
  • The Warriors tied the game at 23-23 a couple minutes into the third quarter with a short jumper by Brug before a three-pointer by Tramburg gave WLC its first lead of the game at 26-23.
  • The offense for WLC found its shooting stroke in the third quarter, rattling off a 14-0 stretch to take a 35-23 lead. Tramburg scored seven points over that span, while sophomore Ally Gough (Horicon, Wis.) connected on a three-pointer to cap off the run.
  • Mace closed the third quarter with a layup with just a second remaining and the Warriors took a 13-point advantage at 39-26 into the final 10 minutes.
  • The Warriors pushed their lead up to 16 midway through the fourth quarter as sophomore Maria Murray (Middleton, Wis.) and Mace gave WLC a 43-27 advantage.
  • The Cougars would get as close as 10 with a couple minutes remaining, but Brug scored buckets on three consecutive possessions for the Warriors to close out the 12-point win.

  • Brug paced the Warriors with a career-best 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. She finished with 10 rebounds for the double-double and stifled the Cougars post players with five blocks.
  • Tramburg finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds also for the double-double, shooting 4-of-11 from the floor. Mace rounded out the Warriors in double digits with 10 points.
  • The Warriors shot 35.7 percent (20-of-56) from the floor, including 57.1 percent (8-of-14) and 50.0 percent (5-of-10) in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. WLC found much of its success in the paint, out-scoring the Cougars 30-14 near the basket.
  • WLC out-rebounded the Cougars 48-33 and finished with 12 offensive rebounds and seven second chance points. The Warriors also blocked eight shots.

  • Jaylene Wade led the Cougars with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting while Tara Hastings added 11. Concordia Chicago shot 28.1 percent (16-of-57) from the floor and 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from beyond the arc.

  • The Warriors return home for their next game on Saturday when they host Alverno (1-4, 1-1 NACC) in a conference matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.